Welcome to the Collingwood CWA

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We love visitors and new members.

Our next meeting is on Monday 26th August. As usual it will be at the Collingwood Library. This month for a change, we have decided to have a short meeting at the library before adjourning to our local, the Carringbush Hotel for a drink and knitting session. This might be a good meeting to come and say hello…

Future meetings

Our winter meetings are usually at the Collingwood Library once a month on Monday evenings 6.00-800pm. Our last one for this year will be Monday 30th September.  

When the weather warms up in October we’ll return to Number 18, Collingwood Children’s Farm, St Heliers St Abbotsford  for our monthly Monday night meetings. We meet at the old farm house near the front gate of the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Details will be posted here.

If you’re a member, the agenda and minutes will be on the Members’ page. If you’re not a member yet, please come along and say hello. You’d be very welcome. If you’d like more info about the branch, check out what we’ve been up to on our Events page or send us an email to CollingwoodCWA@gmail.com.

 

A Yarn Yarn in the Barn

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We are delighted to have another event coming up in our series of barn yarns. This one is a free Learn to Knit beginners session. As usual it will be by the open fire in the barn at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. And of course there’ll be afternoon tea.

When: 1pm – 3pm, Sunday 15th September, 2019.

Where: The Barn, Collingwood Childrens Farm 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford. Just show your Eventbrite ticket at the gate.

In this class we’ll be making a simple looped scarf (snood). You will learn to cast on, knit basic stitches and go home with a good start on the snood.  You will also take some knitting tips, and a guide full of helpful tips and places to get free patterns, and pattern sharing.

Cost: Free, including afternoon tea. Materials will cost $25 on the day. You will have your own needles to take home and enough wool to finish your snood. Alternatively you can bring your own materials, email us for  details.

We hope to see you there. Please book at Eventbrite

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Sustainable fashion barn yarn

 

 

Melbourne’s foodbowl can’t be taken for granted

Rachel Carey headshotRachel Carey from Melbourne University was a special guest at our recent meeting on the 29th July. She talked with us about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures.

We had a great turnout, including members from our sister CWA branches and our neighbourhood. Over tea and home-baked goodies, Rachel talked to us about the importance of Victorian farms in supplying food to all of us in cities and regional areas, and the alarming risks that are emerging to farm livelihoods and our local fresh food supply. Rachel is one of the authors of a new report that outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system.large

This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.

We will be doing more work to highlight this important issue across the CWA of Victoria and the wider community. Please email us if you would like to get involved.

 

 

Collingwood Food Swap

Got more veggies, fruit or herbs than you can eat? Come and meet your neighbours and swap your surplus on Saturday morning. Dates below.

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Bonfire Cupcakes and Chocolate Fire Crackles

It was a magical night at the Winter Solstice Bonfire at the Collingwood Children’s Farm on Saturday 22nd June. Our members baked hundreds of brightly coloured bonfire cupcakes and chocolate crackles.

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IMG_2822We raised $2,000 for Refugee Legal, a provider of free specialist legal assistance to people seeking asylum, refugees and disadvantaged migrants. It’s a vital service that advises, assists, educates and advocates, and is based here in Collingwood.

 

 

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Collingwood CWA is a wholehearted supporter of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

We believe it is a powerful and moving Statement and should be read by as many Australians as possible. We support the campaign for a First Nations Voice: Put it to the People.

High Res Photo Uluru Statement

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A free heart-shaped shortbread with each copy…

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See more pics of our info stall at Collingwood Children’s Farm in our photo gallery. We had a couple of special visitors…

Read more about what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned on our Events page.

 
 

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